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I am trying to find out the most recent security patch that has been installed on a system (e.g. 2015-006). In this case, it is the latest Yosemite (10.10.5). Neither the version nor the build number are helpful here, as security patches do not seem to update them.

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All security updates are recorded in receipts folder located here:

ls -ltr /var/db/receipts

If you list the receipts folder, you can see the most recent updates installed.

  • At least on Yosemite, /var/db/receipts is a folder. Still didn't find the security patch though, which might mean it is unpatched 10.10.5. – stands2reason Mar 13 '16 at 16:05
  • @stands2reason, Yeah it should read ls -ltr, vice tail. Working late... – Brian Mc Mar 13 '16 at 16:42
  • I tested installing the 2016-001 update, and sure enough it's there now. Don't forget to pipe it into grep com.apple.pkg.update.security to filter results. – stands2reason Mar 13 '16 at 18:58

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